Extending an existing partnership, Flanders Classics and the Belgian National Lottery have today announced a new initiative to take place during the men’s Tour of Flanders. On Sunday 7 April, the racers will be competing in a race-within-a-race during the “Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx”. The Belgian National Lottery is providing prize money of EUR 5,000, which the winner may donate to a charity of his choice. The Lottery will also provide EUR 5,000 to Stig Broeckx for a charity of his choice.
Almost three years have passed since Stig Broeckx was involved in a serious crash and ended up in a coma whilst riding for Lotto Soudal. His long and courageous journey on the road to recovery inspired the Belgian National Lottery to crown the bravest Flandrien during the Tour of Flanders and thereby also pay Stig Broeckx a tribute. Flanders Classics is happy to lend its support to this initiative.
The starting point for the Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx will be in Kluisbergen. There, Van de Broektestraat will be renamed Broeckxstraat for the day of the race. Broeckxstraat is 4 km from the finish line of the Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx - the top of the legendary Oude Kwaremont. The first rider to reach the top of the Oude Kwaremont at the first passage will win the Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx (around 1:30 pm CET).
In addition to providing EUR 5,000 for the winner to donate to a charity, the Belgian National Lottery will also make EUR 5,000 available to Stig Broeckx to donate to a charity of his choice. Through this initiative, the Belgian National Lottery wishes to pay tribute to Stig and to everyone else bracely recovering from injury.
The Belgian National Lottery has initiated this project as part of its social commitment and offered this statement, “Thanks to our players, we can invest in numerous social projects with a humanitarian, social, sporting, and/or cultural objective,” it says. “This action fits in perfectly with the vision of the Belgian National Lottery. It seemed only obvious to us to give something back to Stig. We are therefore very pleased that Flanders Classics wishes to support this initiative.”